This workshop will be given by three activist-scholars who will reflect on their experiences of anarchism and animal liberation. This workshop is a critical dialogue into the causes of speciesism whilst taking a broader view of social justice and the nature of oppression.
Animal advocates have long argued that veganism is a necessary step within the goal of animal liberation; however, on its own it is hardly sufficient. Some components of the
animal advocacy movement are still largely reliant on capitalist methods for change through the use of law, government, and consumerism. In this panel, the focus will be on how a vegan ethic has the most promise if it is also anti-capitalist, against all forms of
domination, and embraces practices of total liberation underpinned by radical activism. The presentation will be a chaired panel format with plenty of time allowed for questions and interactions.
Jessica Ison is the Representative for ICAS in Oceania. She is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University and a tutor in Gender Studies and Animal Studies. Jess is a rescuer for the Coalition Against Duck Shooting and her writing can be found in Overland. In her spare time she can be found ranting about prison abolition and fermentation.
Lara Drew is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Canberra (Australia) in Education. Her principal research lies in the field of learning and pedagogy, radical education, community development, activism, and critical animal studies. Lara’s other research and writing activities include feminism and the body, and anarchist and anticapitalist positions. Lara is a project director for the Oceania Institute for Critical Animal Studies chapter and participates in various grassroots campaigns.
Nick Pendergrast has had many years of experience as a vegan advocate. He has also been active in other social movements and co-hosts the intersectional, political podcast Progressive Podcast Australia (www.ProgressivePodcastAustralia.com). He has a PhD in Sociology and his thesis applied sociological theories on social movements and organisations to the animal advocacy movement. He also teaches Sociology at the University of Melbourne and Criminology at Deakin University.